Angeline Welsh has joined Matrix Chambers from the International Arbitration Group at Allen and Overy LLP.
Angeline specialises in international arbitration, public international law and public law. She has acted as counsel in investment treaty arbitrations and commercial arbitration under a range of arbitral rules. Angeline has also advised on a wide range of public law issues, including judicial review proceedings and constitutional challenges at all levels of appeal before the English courts and other Commonwealth courts.
Most recently, Angeline led the A&O team acting on claims arising out of the Government of Belize’s 2009 and 2011 nationalisation of Belize Telemedia Limited, which recently successfully settled after more than six years of litigation. The dispute involved three investment treaty claims, together with related constitutional and injunction proceedings in the courts of England and Belize. The team’s litigation strategy for protecting clients from Belize’s anti-arbitration legislation was recognised with a “stand-out” entry in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report.
Angeline has particular expertise in court proceedings related to arbitration disputes, including anti-suit injunctions and the enforcement of arbitral awards. She has acted on some of the leading English cases in this area in recent years: AES Ust-Kamenogorsk v UST-Kamenogorsk JSC  UKSC 35 and Jivraj v Hashwani  UKSC 40. Angeline also acted on the first ever case before the Caribbean Court of Justice, which considered the public policy exception to enforcement under the New York Convention on Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (BCB Holdings Limited, The Belize Bank Limited v The Attorney General of Belize  CCJ 5).
Angeline will be a co-chair of the IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee from 1 January 2016. In 2010 she was awarded the inaugural annual IBA Pro Bono and Access to Justice Award for outstanding contribution to pro bono work. Angeline has conducted training for state officials and the judiciary in Rwanda and Myanmar on arbitration and public international law. In her time with A&O she worked from both the London and Hong Kong offices, and spent time on secondment to the LCIA Secretariat.
Professor Zachary Douglas QC, of Matrix Chambers and the Graduate Institute, Geneva, said: “Angeline has immense experience in litigating and arbitrating complex commercial cases and I have no doubt that she will thrive at the Bar in general and at Matrix in particular. We are thrilled to have her on board.”
Matthew Gearing QC of Allen & Overy comments: “Angeline has done a wide range of challenging arbitrations whilst with the firm. She is an excellent lawyer, as well as being hugely energetic and fully committed to any challenge which comes her way. We will all very much miss having her as a colleague but have no doubt she will be a great success at Matrix.” Judith Gill QC, also of Allen & Overy, comments: “Angeline is extremely bright and has been a great friend and colleague. She is a real pleasure to work with and her enthusiasm is infectious. We will certainly miss her but wish her every success in her new role.”
Lord Peter Goldsmith QC of Debevoise & Plimpton said: “Through the Belize nationalisation litigation on which Debevoise and A&O have worked closely together I have seen at first hand Angeline’s intelligence, clarity of thinking, power of analysis and her determination to promote her clients’ interests. I have enjoyed working with her and wish her very well in her new life at the Bar.”
Nigel Pleming QC of 39 Essex comments: “I have been instructed by, and worked alongside, Angeline for several years, and had the great pleasure of leading her in a recent Privy Council appeal. Angeline is industrious, astute and an excellent lawyer. I have absolutely no doubt she will thrive and shine at the Bar.”
Angeline Welsh said: “I am hugely grateful to all my colleagues (the partner, counsel and associate team) in the Allen & Overy Global Arbitration Practice for their intellectual stimulation, guidance and friendship over the past decade. Making the decision to leave such an outstanding practice has not been an easy one. I am, however, honoured to join a chambers as prestigious as Matrix, which will serve as an excellent platform to continue to develop my broad practice further.”